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Shaken and Not Stirring
The enemy increaseth every day;
When I watched the opening of the Olympic Games in London, I felt at times like I was watching a Tim Burton movie. There is no doubt it had its moments, but when I summed it all up the games seemed like a post mortem on what was once the greatest nation in the world. It felt like a nation ready to say to the world that the sun does set, indeed. It felt like a nation, obviously proud of its past but living on those memories and a bunch of fictional characters (I'm not talking about the Queen) to carry the day. At least, the ceremony paid homage to the role of industry that put the Great in Britain. However, it was clearly an evening that admitted the height had been reached, and decline has taken over.
The Olympics have long become much more than sports, a tool for nations to make announcements to the world. It's been mostly a coming out party. A chance to tell the world to watch out because here we come. The 2016 games in Brazil promise to serve such notice like 1964 told the world Japan was back and 2008 said China had the population, the ingenuity and the will to be great. It was an amazing debut, and in my book, better than London. I understand in this new elite world we should embrace mediocrity, and in fact, frown upon efforts to be extraordinary. But, I don't think any nation can put it in neutral and think its future bright.
There is a new war, a kind of Cold War II, which sees a shift of power to the east from the west. While the west is fixated on closing income inequality gaps by punishing hard and smart workers, the east and other parts of the compass are simply plowing ahead. They understand the same tide will lift all boats and those that crest higher more than likely will have earned it and those that put in less elbow grease will still see an improvement in quality of life.
America won the Cold War with:
England is continuing to watch this current struggle between east and west reminiscing about:
And what of America? I fear we are on such a full sea now and must dig deep to not only remember our great past, but honor it by continuing the legacy rather than living vicariously through it. The enemy that increases every day is the enemy of doubt, envy, and fear, stoked by harsh rhetoric which aims to remove all pillars of strength from self/individual, to religious to legal (constitution) and replace it with a Big Brother, Father, and Mother. The clock is ticking. If we don't change course, the next time we get the Olympic Games the tide will find us where the United Kingdom dwells today.
Hey, Jude, then it will be too late to make it better.
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